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Blog Posts

This is the perfect place for Basket Express to present blog posts and for you to join in the fun, too! Here we will discuss holidays, occasions, reasons to send gift baskets and flowers, exciting events occurring at Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express.  Click here to read about Pamela of  Roadrunner Florist and Tina of  Basket Express. We are REAL PEOPLE designing Floral Arrangements and Gift Baskets for REAL PEOPLE (like you!)!

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Basket Express | What is Different

Basket Express | What is Different

So often we’re asked, Basket Express? What is Different? Of course what people are very nicely trying to say is: Why should I order my gift baskets from Basket Express?

Let me tell you why!

Each gift basket is custom designed just for you! That means you can choose the theme, the contents, the delivery date, and even the price!

That means the people who receive a gift basket from Basket Express are really getting an expression of YOU.

At Christmas, that means each gift basket from Basket Express is ready for Santa to put under the tree, topped with a hand-made Christmas bow and filled with the aroma of Christmas greens! I know, you can smell them from there, can’t you?

If you haven’t yet discovered the joys of the difference between gift baskets from “the other guys” and Basket Express, you’re in for a very special treat!

Corporate America uses Christmas to give thanks to their clients, customers and friends. We love to share in that excitement with you. It’s a lot more fun to let us add your personalized advertising specialties than it is to go to a big box store and pick something off the shelf that’s about as unique as, well, a table. Gift baskets from Basket Express are individually designed, loaded with great goodies (such as fresh fruit, gourmet cheese, crackers, sausage, chocolates, truffles, cookies and more) and yes, we are happy to add your business card, your calendars, your pens and pencils before we deliver gift baskets just for you.

We know and love our customers like family (more about that after the holidays).

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Custom designed gift baskets for Christmas 2014 from $35 and up. Delivery in the greater Phoenix area and across the country!

What could be easier than this: call, click or come by!! 602-246-1271   2007a W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015


20% Off our Popular Southwest Party Grande Gift Basket

20% Off our POPULAR Southwest Party Grande Gift Basket

Have you seen it? It’s a beaut! A REAL B-E-A-U-T!! 

Tina custom designs our Southwest Party Grande Gift Basket like no other!

It’s NOT sitting around on a shelf waiting for you to pick it up.

It hasn’t come to you by “slow boat from China” (my dad always says that!)

It’s designed fresh when you order it from Basket Express.

We professionally deliver it in the Valley of the Sun, or very carefully pack it up and ship it USPS across the country.

We choose the most UNIQUE, one-of-a-kind Southwest items when we design this Southwest Party Grande Gift Basket. Selected from specialty stores in the Valley of the Sun, this gift basket that includes assorted chips, flavored salsa, guacamole dip, hot sauce, and fresh bakery goods. It’s all dressed up with a pretty bandana and a fun handmade bow!

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Here’s the deal!

Order our Southwest Party Grande Gift Basket between now and November 21, 2014, for delivery before December 18, 2014, and we’ll give you 20% off your purchase!

You know you want it!

You know you want to send it!

You know you want to receive it!


Roadrunner Florist

Basket Express

2007a W Bethany Home

Phoenix, AZ 85015



Pink | October | Breast Cancer | Pink

Pink | October | Breast Cancer | Babies Pink

We celebrate PINK in October. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it’s baby month and gee, it’s time for Pink!

So, let’s celebrate healthy breasts and healthy babies!

small short pink  baby beautiful

Designed exclusively by Pamela E Smith, Michigan State University Floriculture Graduate and owner of Roadrunner Florist, a Local Phoenix Flower Shop, these unique arrangements are soft and pretty, and appropriate in October or any time you wish to celebrate.

We call this one Small, Short Pink. It’s one of our favorites.

These are Precious Baby Flowers. Perfect for a new baby girl (or designed in blue for a baby boy).


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Gerbera Daisies are a favorite flower all year round. Combined with roses and daisies, they create a festive floral arrangement that is sure to please a new mom, a happy birthday girl, or a lady celebrating a happy occasion.

Love Pink Gerberas

Let’s Celebrate! 

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The pretty box is filled to the rim with spray roses and lilies for a festive, pretty celebration.

Pink Celebration

Adding flowers (fresh or silk) to a green plant is a beautiful addition of long-lasting beauty.

Pothos and Pink


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Carnations are so pretty. They are very long-lasting and happy flowers. See how great they look when designed by the dozen with baby’s breath and a nice bow. Add a few roses, a gerbera daisy and a great bear and whola! A perfect floral arrangement for that perfect someone!

Pink Carnations

Soft Pink Baby Flowers


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Adorable Baby Girl Basket

Precious Baby Girl Gift Basket

Each of these baby baskets can be designed in pink or blue, perfect for a baby shower or after the baby is born. We deliver to all of the hospitals in the Valley of the Sun and can arrange deliver across the country.

Local, National and Worldwide Delivery

 Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary of cancer remission or the birth of a new baby, let Roadrunner Florist and Basket Express help you! We can design and deliver a beautiful pink floral arrangement or pink gift basket that’s perfect for you!

Call, click or come by! 602-246-1271. We’re happy to hear from you!




Fancy Fun Autumn Gift Baskets

Fancy Fun Autumn Gift Baskets

We love autumn in the desert! What’s not to love? The weather finally cools (ok, down below 90, but it’s cooler)! The trees start to change color (ok, maybe not the palm trees or palo verde trees but we do have some trees that change color).

What’s happening in your part of the world that’s showing the change of season?

I know what’s happening at Basket Express. We’re designing and delivering beautiful fresh fancy fun autumn gift baskets! What’s so special about that? Let me tell you.

The fresh fruit season is changing now, and although the summer fruits are disappearing the autumn fruits are INCREDIBLE. We have pineapples from Hawaii! We have local mangos, grapes, oranges, lemons, limes and kiwi. We have apples from Washington.

Here’s an autumn fresh fruit basket from Basket Express. Don’t you want one?

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Remember, Boss’s Day is October 16. What are you going to send to your boss this year?

Fresh fruit or veggies are a great option.

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We offer fresh fruit, cookies, candy, coffee, and yes flowers, all dressed up and ready to go.

Sassy Flair Flowers by Roadrunner Florist

Great Fall Flowers by Roadrunner Florist

Amazing Fall Flowers by Roadrunner Florist

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Or maybe a Boss’s Day plant or dish garden.

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Custom orders don’t upset us, like this gift basket of nuts, beef jerky and cheese. Nice, isn’t it?

Or a traditional Southwest Gift Basket from Basket Express.

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Or  2 dozen fresh baked cookies with a little bit of chocolate! Yummm!

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Don’t Procrastinate! Order your Boss’s Day gift TODAY! Why?

a. You don’t have to worry about it any more.

b. You know your gift will be designed and delivered on Boss’s Day, October 16.

c. You’re going to look GREAT when your boss receives their Boss’s Day gift from you.

Contact Basket Express and we will help you celebrate autumn when you send good wishes for a birthday or anniversary a boss or co-worker, a baby or a thank you, and yes a get well or condolence wish.

Stunning Fresh Flowers

Happy October! We look forward to hearing from you!

Tina & Pamela

Fresh Fruit | Fresh Veggies

Fresh Fruit | Fresh Veggies

How fortunate we are to be able to design Fresh Fruit | Fresh Veggies gift baskets for wonderful people like you!

Imagine my excitement to design and deliver BOTH a Fresh Fruit and a Fresh Veggies gift basket to a “starving ASU student” last week! And her aunt even added a doggie basket for her 3 dogs!

I had carte-blanche for the goodies, which really makes it fun. I found fresh fruit in abundance (it’s between seasons and everything is really fresh)…apples, pears, kiwi, pineapple, bananas, mango, grapes, apricots, pears.


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And the veggies. What fun to choose fresh veggies! Kale, peppers, eggplant, radishes and lots more!

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Then I took care of Fido!

Abbie agreed that it would be OK to share her Milk Bones with another dog.

(ok, be honest, Abbie didn’t have any choice in the matter).

Here’s Abbie.


Here’s a picture of the doggie basket Abbie and I shared!

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We ended up with VERY HAPPY un-starving ASU students,

a very happy aunt

and 3 very happy dogs!

What kind of goodie basket would you like for us to design and deliver for you?

Today’s Customer Service

Today’s Customer Service

Do we expect too much customer service these days? Sometimes I wonder.

Where has customer service gone?

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Let’s see if we can answer the questions.

Of course a lot of it has gone off shore. I know a lot of people who lost their corporate jobs to outsourcing. I’ll bet you know people, too, who actually trained their successors in far-off-lands. I remember thinking, if I were training my successor, I’d sure train him wrong and let the chips fall where they may!

A lot of customer service is run by, well, let’s call them 17 year olds. Richard, my late husband, used to say the world is “run by 17 year olds, and all you have to do is know the right things to say and the right questions to ask to get answers to anything you want!”


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A lot of customer service is being passed from one person to another. Remember Peggy? You know, the “lady” on the Discover commercials who was so “helpful” and kept transferring their customers back and forth?

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I was having a conversation with a family member the other night about customer service. We were trying to figure out why it’s so bad. Some ideas were people aren’t respectful in the first place. And one customer can always be replaced by another. And of course there are times it’s simply impossible to please a customer. I also think there is a very high level of tension, frustration and stress in today’s small business America.

The other day I read an email post complaining that a small business was going to lose hundreds of dollars’ worth of business because a teenager  wouldn’t refund a purchase of about $7.00  Even the store manager didn’t have the authority to issue the refund.

So, what are we to do? Is the customer always right?

In the floral industry, a lot of customer service has gone to India and the Philippians. If you choose to place an order on-line from a 1899-on-line-order-gather-flowerguys, you should know your order is being processed by an order-taker, who is happy to sell you the world, charge you a hefty fee for it, and can’t guarantee you’ll receive what you’ve ordered.

This is what might happen to you if you order from one of those 1899-order-gather-flowerguys!

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When your order isn’t filled the way you wanted it to be, or doesn’t arrive at all (especially at a holiday, when you pay extra fees), this is how you might feel when you order online from one of those 1899-online-order-gather-flowerguys.

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However, if you order your flowers from Roadrunner Florist , then you’re getting the freshest flowers available, designed by Pamela E Smith, Michigan State University Floriculture Graduate. Your gift baskets are individually and custom designed by Tina Ashburn of Basket Express, where no two are alike, just like you.

This is how you feel when you order your flowers from Roadrunner Florist and your gift baskets from Basket Express!

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I know for sure is we do our best.  Sometimes we have people call and want flowers that are out of season. Sorry, but we don’t carry tulips in the heat of the summer. We have people call and want blue roses. Sorry, but God didn’t make blue roses. Sometimes people want summer fruit like cherries or peaches in their fruit baskets, and they’re not available in the winter.

We can promise you is the freshest flowers available today. Designed in the most beautiful arrangements. Professionally delivered when the recipient is available to accept them. And the freshest and tastiest fruit and vegies we can hand-select in the morning from local markets, fresh baked cookies, adorable baby items, age appropriate toys.

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We strive to have our customer service be 100% all the time.

We’ve been here for more than 36 years and we treat our customers like family!


Local, National and Worldwide Delivery

Real People Designing Floral Arrangements and Gift Baskets for Real People!

Back to School with Basket Express and Roadrunner Florist

Welcome Them Back to School with Gift Baskets and Flowers

from Basket Express and Roadrunner Florist

It’s that time of year: Back to School!

Students of all ages, from pre-school to college, are returning to the Halls of Education for another year of instruction.

We LOVE designing Back to School gift baskets and flowers! Why?

Because Back to School with Basket Express and Roadrunner Florist means custom designed, age appropriate Back to School Baskets and beautiful Back to School Floral Arrangements.

Small children would love crayons, a coloring book, large pencils and erasers, large print books and puzzles. We design age appropriate gift baskets that are perfect for your little one!

Is the student going into the primary grades?

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School necessities such as crayons, pencils, scissors, writing books, post-it-notes and more! Tell us the age and we’ll design a basket that’s perfect!

Is the student in middle school?

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Maybe a few snacks would be appreciated, along with the school goodies. What a great idea!!

High school and college students might prefer flowers. Or a beautiful green plant.

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Whatever the grade, we can custom design and deliver the perfect Back to School Gift Basket or Floral Arrangement for you.

Do you know a great teacher? The person who is SO VALUABLE that he or she is going to spend the next 9 months teaching your favorite student. Send a fruit basket to that teacher (don’t worry, it’s share-able) as the school year starts as a special “thank you” !

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Of course you shouldn’t forget the office and administration staff. They’re the people who make the school run like clock-work! These are the smiles of a principal and school administrator as they accept flowers from Roadrunner Florist for a job well done!

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Many students are starting school now.  Today is the day to call  602-246-1271 and tell us the age of the lucky student, teacher, principal or office staff and we’ll do the rest!

Roadrunner Florist and Basket Express! Your One Stop Shopping for Back to School Gift Baskets and Flowers!


Phoenix City Light Rail Party

Phoenix City Light Rail Party

The City of Phoenix held their “half way” completion party for the Phoenix City Light Rail Party Saturday morning at 7 a.m.

Your first question, of course, is why through a party so early in the morning? That’s an easy one… at 7 a.m. it’s reasonably warm (as opposed to unbearably hot) in the desert southwest! So when the City of Phoenix decides to throw a Light Rail party in the middle of the summer, they do it at 7 a.m.

Your next question is: what was the purpose of the party? The City of Phoenix is working on a 3-1/2 mile extension to the Light Rail, and Saturday marked the half way point in construction.

This construction, which is through an older part of town, is hindered by lack of locational maps of things like gas lines, electric lines, water lines, sewer pipes and phone lines. That means, even though there is no doubt that the lines and pipes are there somewhere, they have no idea where they are! So they’re tearing up 3-1/2 miles of street, replacing all of the old lines and pipes, replacing the asphalt, ripping up an additional 3-4 lanes for additional traffic, and then putting down the electricity and the track. Whew! It’s a lot of work!

What did they do at the party this morning? They completed laying the first a piece of track!

The fun part was, it wasn’t the workers doing the labor, but the “desk guys” …the engineers and planners (the guys who know absolutely nothing about concrete!!)

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This is a picture of the men pouring the concrete on the last piece of rail. We drove by yesterday and saw that the rail itself had already been installed, but today they finished the project by topping it off with concrete. I would have loved to have put my initial in that concrete!

The construction crew has a mascot. She helps them with their daily projects. Here’s a picture of the Light Rail mascot. Can you see her sitting on the ice chest? She has a hard hat and a big grin!

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We have had the pleasure of meeting a lot of people who work on the Light Rail project. Many of them come into our flower shop. They tell us updates, give us maps, help us with road closures, and generally offer any assistance they can to the 300+ businesses affected by the construction of the Light Rail.

Here are a couple pictures of people we know from the Light Rail Project.

First is Jorge, the Business Assistance Coordinator for the Light Rail. I would say Jorge is the all around go to guy when there’s anything going on with the Light Rail. He answers all of our questions, bring us flyers and calendars, sends out emails, and generally helps facilitate anything he can between the businesses and the project. Jorge always has a smile on his face and a keen ear for listening to everything that is happening on the project.

The other gentleman is Rich, the man in charge of all of the city street closures for the entire City of Phoenix. The Light Rail construction is one of his many projects, and this one changes from day to day. Imagine having to know where the workers will be on any given day, and then arranging for traffic to flow in all directions and still guarantee the safety of the workers. That’s his job.

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I took this picture of Pamela and she took the picture of me.

Behind us you can see palm trees (they look like balloons!) and the track.

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Our friend Gail, who lives a few houses from the light rail construction, brought Clark to the party this morning. Clark is a 150 pound Great Dane, one of the nicest dogs I’ve ever met. Gail, Clark, Abbie and I go to the doggie park together, so I know what type of dog Clark is. Among his talent is being a therapy dog at John C Lincoln Hospital. You can see him on the very right on the picture of me, and here’s a great picture of Gail and Clark taken just a few days ago at a summer school class.

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What was missing at this party? They had cookies. They had hand-outs. They had tents and chairs and music.

Oh, yes…

Did I mention the Mayor?

Mayor Greg Stanton of Phoenix, AZ, had quite a conversation with me while Pamela snapped pictures!

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You’re probably wondering what all of this has to do with Basket Express and Roadrunner Florist. Our beautiful, local Phoenix Flower and Gift Shop is located just 2 blocks off the Light Rail line. That means when construction is complete people will be able to get off the Light Rail and walk to Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express!

We invite you to call, click or come by!

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Saturday’s Rush Wedding

Saturday’s Rush Wedding

Thursday afternoon, July 3, 2014, we received a phone call from a lady in the San Diego area who asked if we could design a bridal bouquet.

Here’s how the conversation went:

Me. “Sure we can! When is the wedding?”

Her. “Saturday.”

Me. “Saturday? 2 days from now?”

Her. “Yes.”

Me. “Where’s the wedding?”

Her. “Sedona.”

Me. “Are you the bride?”

Her. “No, I’m her aunt. We’re driving in from San Diego Saturday morning for the wedding in Sedona”.

Me. “What type of flowers does she want?”

Her. “Roses, carnations and daisies.”

Me. “What colors?”

Her. “Pink and white.”

Me. “What time will you be in Phoenix to pick up the flowers on the way to Sedona?”

Her. “About 11 a.m.”

Me. “What time is the wedding?”

Her. “5:30”

Me. “I’ll be happy to design the bridal bouquet for you. Do you need any other flowers, too?”

Her. “How about 2 bouquets for her sisters.”

Me. “What about the groom?”

Her. “Yeah, I guess something for the groom. And his brother.”

Me. “I’ll see you Saturday morning around 11 with a bridal bouquet, 2 bridesmaid’s bouquets, and 2 boutonnieres for this rush wedding in Sedona.”

Saturday morning I called her around 7 a.m. to make sure they had left California. They walked into the shop about 11:10 and picked up the flowers.

I designed the bridal bouquet using pink and white roses, pink garden roses, pink carnations, white carnations, pink mini carnations, white mini carnations, white daisies, and pink alstroemeria. Then I had tied it with pink ribbon and white pearls

I designed smaller versions of the bridal bouquet for the maid of honor and the bridesmaid. I used fewer roses, carnations, daisies and alstroemeria, while keeping the same theme of the bridal bouquet.

I designed the groom’s boutonniere using a smaller pink garden rose, a pink mini carnation and a white daisy, and the groomsman boutonniere using 2 pink mini carnations.

They LOVED THEM. Do you?


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I discovered a new social platform that might be of interest to you!

It’s called  

Launched yesterday, this is a platform for businesses to network with other businesses! And that’s what it’s all about right?

So I signed up.

They created a “cover” for Basket Express. Do you like it?

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And they created a cover for Roadrunner Florist.

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With all we’ve been reading and hearing about facebook, perhaps we need to look for different social platforms for our businesses. Perhaps this is one of them.

I’ll tell you this: it was easy to set up! In the few hours I’ve been a member I’ve seen a few new people join.

If this is something that interests you, send an email to and tell Zach that Tina at Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express sent you! Maybe you and I can help this FREE social network grow and maybe it will help our businesses, too!

Have a great Wednesday!



Funeral Homes Prey Amid Difficult Times

Funeral Homes Prey Amid Difficult Times

You DO NOT HAVE TO BUY your family flowers from the funeral home! Corporate Owned Funeral Homes will strongly suggest that they can take care of ordering your casket spray and other flowers and include it in the bill. When corporate owned funeral homes “arrange” for flowers for the casket etc. they take anywhere from a 25% – 30% cut either off the top of the price you paid or there are less flowers than what you actually paid for. Their “preferred” florists are those that fill these orders for the funeral home feel that they are “caught in a trap”. Since cremation has become a more popular, less expensive alternative, funeral homes have had to find another source to maintain and increase their profit margins. (Ex. a $300.00 casket spray = approx. $90.00 that the funeral homes have kept for themselves.)

Secondly, do not purchase sympathy flowers on the Funeral homes web sites or links on the obituary page. Prices to order through these affiliates are more than double what you would pay at your local florist. The funeral homes are again getting kick backs with these orders being placed online.

Not only can your local florist tell you what is REALLY available at the time of the services (besides a funeral director promising you that it will look just like the picture in the book), but your floral designer can create something specific and special for your loved one. *

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Etiquette Advice Expert Rebecca Cole suggests this: It’s never easy comforting someone who has lost a loved one, but flowers can say what is often difficult to express in words. Flowers are usually sent to the funeral home to provide warmth and beauty to the service. If a service is not planned, grief experts recommend sending condolences to the bereaved person’s home.

The phrase “In Lieu of Flowers” can often be found in death notices and obituaries. In most instances, this phrase is used as a convenient, polite way to meet requests for memorial contributions. However, most people don’t understand how important flowers are to the bereavement process.

Sympathy flowers have been a part of funeral and memorial traditions in nearly every culture throughout history. In ancient cultures, floral and herb essences were used to anoint the bodies of the deceased and aromatic flowers and greens were displayed.

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Flowers add warmth to the service and provide the visible emotional support the bereaved need during this time.

If you’ve ever been to a funeral that is void of flowers, it is a cold and somber environment. A funeral without flowers is a sad, lonely, cold place.

Flowers honor the deceased’s life, express sympathy is a heartfelt way (providing a way to be there even if you physically can’t be), and provide a warm, pleasant diversion — something to talk about during the visitation and the service.

Often time grieving family members take home green plants as a long-lasting remembrance of their loved one.

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Flowers are something that can be there when you can’t be, and we all know how they can express our feelings in so many ways.

Flowers can be a great source of comfort to those grieving the loss of a loved one, and should be regarded as an important gesture.

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Recent research indicates that sympathy flowers may not only brighten and warm a funeral or memorial service setting, but also have a positive impact on the emotional well-being of the bereaved.

A behavioral research study conducted at Harvard by Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., reveals some of the calming, fortifying feelings flowers create. The study reveals that flowers feed compassion and chase away anxiety and worries. Research participants lived with fresh flowers for just a few days and reported increases in feelings of compassion and kindness for others. Overall, people simply felt less negative after being around flowers.

Many services are now being held at home. Sometimes called a “Celebration of Life”, a local florist can assist you in sending the perfect flowers to help remember the life of a loved one. Your care and compassion is conveyed with softness and sincerity through these beautiful flowers.

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Remember,  only your local florist tell you what is REALLY available at the time of the services (besides a funeral director promising you that it will look just like the picture in the book). Your floral designer can create something specific and special for your loved one.


Visit ROADRUNNER FLORIST for more custom designed floral arrangements that are appropriate for a funeral or Celebration of Life.

*Written with the help of Tim’s P Lawing, Aifd, Tim’s Touch Flowers & Gifts, Lexington SC

People Visit Roadrunner Florist Basket Express

We love when people visit Roadrunner Florist Basket Express!

Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express, the place to come for fresh flowers & gift baskets in Phoenix, AZ

Meet David

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David came into our shop to buy 2 dozen beautiful roses for his wife. Here he, carrying them out of the shop! He looks like one happy guy!

Meet Omar

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Omar’s story is very interesting. I was at the shop one Sunday designing flowers for a funeral. The door was locked but the lights were on. Omar and his family came to the door and he was carrying the largest candle I had ever seen! They had pictures to show me, and although none of them spoke English, I managed to figure out that they wanted flowers to surround this candle for a baptism. We agreed on red and white roses, lots and lots of baby’s breath, and an hour of my time.

When Omar picked up the candle he was one happy uncle!

Prom season is over in Phoenix! These 2 ladies loved the corsages we designed for them.

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We love it when other florists drop by! This one is from Beaverton Florist in Oregon.

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Meet Norman and Robbie

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They came into our shop after enjoying a lunch at the restaurant next door. He purchased one rose, which Pamela wrapped with greens and baby’s breath, and I handed it to him. He then handed it to her! That was one of the nicest gestures I’ve seen in a long time!

This is Marthanna

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For their wedding anniversary, her husband ordered these beautiful pink roses. He was kind enough to send us this picture of Marthanna standing in front of them at her home.

Meet Cheryl

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Cheryl brought her family in to pick up her wedding flowers she had ordered from Roadrunner Florist. They loved them!


YOU can join the gallery of People Visit Roadrunner Florist Basket Express!

Simply come into the shop, introduce yourself and let us take your picture with your beautiful flowers or gift basket!